Merri Biechler is an adjunct instructor of Playwriting and Text Analysis in the Theater Division. Her classes include Elements of Performance, Text Analysis, Playwriting, and numerous seminars. Her plays include Bombs, Babes and Bingo (Mortar Theatre Company world premiere 2012; P73 Playwriting Fellowship semifinalist; Clubbed Thumb biennial commission finalist); Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver (Princess Grace Award finalist; Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award winner; Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition finalist; WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory participant, and the recipient of grants totaling $40,000 to use the play as a teaching tool for medical students); and Real Girls Can’t Win (Centenary Stage Company Women Playwrights Series winner; Stavis Award nominee; David Mark Cohen Award finalist; Victory Gardens Theater workshop; Productions at Ohio University, Centenary College, Augustana College, and Indiana State University). Merri spent three years writing for ABC’s movie-of-the-week division and received her MFA in playwriting from Ohio University.
She attended the Professional Actor Training Program at North Carolina School of the Arts, and studied acting with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and at his private home on the island of Bequia, West Indies. NY theater credits include: Tony 'n Tina's Wedding (Off-Broadway), Pathological Venus (EST), and over a dozen original works with the Edge Theatre. Her film and TV credits include: He Said, She Said; The Thing Called Love; Trailerpark; E.R.; Judging Amy; and Murphy Brown. Merri is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of American, and the Dramatists Guild.